Cars http://www.stuff.tv/cars/all en-GB California: No politicians or bad drivers in Google’s autonomous cars http://www.stuff.tv/google/california-no-politicians-or-bad-drivers-google-s-autonomous-cars/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Latest US state to welcome robotic cars insists on trained drivers behind the wheel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1600" height="1067" title="Google&#039;s self-driving Lexus on a street in Mountain View, CA" alt="Google&#039;s self-driving Lexus on a street in Mountain View, CA" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Iconic%20image%20for%20city%20streets.jpg?1408550819" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might not have confidence in your elected representatives to steer the nation in the right direction. California doesn&rsquo;t even trust them behind the wheel of a self-driving car.</p> <p>In documents obtained by Stuff under freedom of information legislation, Google tried (and failed) to persuade regulators in California to permit politicians and policymakers to take the driver&rsquo;s seat of its robotic cars while they navigate public highways.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-harris" title="View user profile.">Mark Harris</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;Our experience has shown that demonstrations for key decision makers are critical to impart the true capabilities and promise of autonomous vehicles,&rdquo; wrote Ron Medford, the director of safety for Google&rsquo;s self-driving program. &ldquo;There is no substitute for the first-hand experience of sitting in the driver&rsquo;s seat of a test vehicle and experiencing how the technology responds to the complexities of the public road environment.&rdquo;</p> <p>Under Californian rules, experimental self-driving vehicles must have a trained test driver actively monitoring their operation, ready to take over immediately if anything should go wrong. As well as having a clean licence in the state, those drivers cannot ever have been responsible for a road accident that killed or injured anyone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One smash-up isn&#039;t so bad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google tried to loosen this rule, too. &ldquo;The requirements should not prohibit people who have been involved in minor accidents from serving as test drivers,&rdquo; wrote Medford. He suggested that as long as a driver had not been responsible for more than one accident resulting in serious injury or death within the last three years, they should be allowed to qualify.</p> <p>Officials at California&rsquo;s Department of Motor Vehicles were having none of it. &ldquo;The requirements for a test driver mirror the definition of a &lsquo;good driver&rsquo; found in the [state&rsquo;s] insurance code,&rdquo; they replied sternly, &ldquo;The citizens of California have made a determination that people who meet the criteria specified are the safest drivers. Google will have a test facility where they can demonstrate the technology to dignitaries.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-revs-self-driving-trucks-and-motorbikes/news">Google revs up for self-driving trucks and motorbikes</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="530" title="Google&#039;s prototype self-driving pod car, with no steering wheel or brake" alt="Google&#039;s prototype self-driving pod car, with no steering wheel or brake" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Vehicle%20Prototype%20Image%20Banner%20Cropped%20600px_1.jpg?1408550819" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/google/california-no-politicians-or-bad-drivers-google-s-autonomous-cars/news#comments Cars Google Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:58:40 +0000 Mark Harris 1445423 at http://www.stuff.tv Jaguar XE lets you control your car from afar with your phone http://www.stuff.tv/jaguar/jaguar-unveils-tech-goodies-packed-inside-upcoming-xe/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With InControl Remote, you can turn your car on from a distance, like James Bond. Or Batman. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1201" height="900" title="Jaguar&#039;s XE packs tech that Bond would be proud to own" alt="Jaguar XE" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/74737jag-LEAD%20IMAGE.jpg?1408499083" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems engineers over at Jaguar may have been bingeing on Bond films: the 2015 XE model will pack remote control technology that lets you command your car with your smartphone.</p> <p>That&#39;s right, Jaguar has revealed that its upcoming BMW 3-Series rival will feature an InControl Remote function, which allows the compact executive saloon to be cooled, heated, locked and unlocked from anywhere in the world using your smartphone.</p> <p>Like Batman and Bond&#39;s motors, you can even start your Jag&#39;s engine from afar using the InControl Remote app.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Jaguar hopes to crash the compact executive saloon party next year with its svelte, lightweight XE, which will also hope to show-up its German rivals with epic amounts of on-board tech. </p> <p>On top of an all-new aluminium chassis, customers will be treated to a laser head-up display that projects high definition information, such as speed and navigational instructions, directly on to the windscreen. </p> <p>Said laser tech is not only meant to be clearer than those employed by rivals but the unit is also said to be a third lighter than competitor&#39;s systems. </p> <p>The XE&#39;s new 8in infotainment touch screen will not only pair with Android and Apple products, allowing for a number of apps to be used on the go, but also provide occupants with a Wi-Fi hotspot.&nbsp;</p> <p>But most impressive is that 007-style InControl Remote app; while similar heating and cooling functions are available on existing electric cars, it also acts as a tracking device if the vehicle is stolen and it will alert the nearest forces so they can hunt down the perp.</p> <p>Forget investing in that Aston Martin DB9, true wannabe Bonds should wait until next year when the XE arrives in showrooms if they really want to live the life of a gadget-loving super spy.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jaguar/jaguar-land-rover-unveils-smart-assistant-and-virtual-windscreen-concepts/news" target="_blank">Jaguar Land Rover unveils Smart Assistant and Virtual Windscreen concepts for future cars</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jaguar XE features" alt="Jaguar XE features" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jaguar-xe-incontrol.jpg?1408499083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/jaguar/jaguar-unveils-tech-goodies-packed-inside-upcoming-xe/news#comments Cars Jaguar Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:58:30 +0000 Leon Poultney 1445307 at http://www.stuff.tv Saleen puts more swank into the Tesla Model S http://www.stuff.tv/model-s/saleen-puts-more-swank-tesla-model-s/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Foursixteen improves an already stunning car with across-the-board upgrades </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Saleen puts more swank into the Tesla Model S " alt="Saleen puts more swank into the Tesla Model S " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/saleen-foursixteen-main.jpg?1408501257" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>These guys think they can make a better car than the Tesla Model S?</strong><br />They&rsquo;re certainly not the first people to get their hands on an already-stellar vehicle and attempt to improve it. In fact, someone else has already modded this very model <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s-goes-convertible/news">into a convertible</a>. But yes, the <a href="http://media.saleen.com/2014/08/foursixteen/" target="_blank">Saleen Foursixteen</a> is a modified version of the Tesla Model S, probably the world&rsquo;s best-known electric car.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review">Tesla Model S review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>With a swanky bodykit? How very Essex boy&hellip;</strong><br />There&rsquo;s much more to the Foursixteen than exterior tweaks, but we&rsquo;ll start with those. Saleen, which has been building racing cars for 30-odd years, claims to have improved the Model S&rsquo; aerodynamics through its body modifications: there&rsquo;s a carbon fibre rear diffuser, new V-shaped hood architecture and a rear spoiler to increase downforce. The hood shape also serves to direct hot air away from the car&rsquo;s drivetrain cooling system.</p> <p><strong>And what else?</strong><br />Speaking of drivetrain&rsquo;s, Saleen has ripped out Tesla&rsquo;s and replaced it with its own, which it says provides improved acceleration (even the base Model S does 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds), better cooling and &ldquo;track capable throttle response&rdquo;. There&rsquo;s also adjustable suspension, which means you can stiffen the ride if you&rsquo;re doing some track driving, as well as new ZR-spec tyres and optional lightweight carbon ceramic brakes. Changing your mind about this yet?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1391" title="The Saleen Foursixteen features a re-sculpted exterior" alt="The Saleen Foursixteen features a re-sculpted exterior" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/saleen-foursixteen-front.jpg?1408501257" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="800" title="The Saleen Foursixteen features a re-sculpted exterior" alt="The Saleen Foursixteen features a re-sculpted exterior" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/saleen-foursixteen-badge.jpg?1408501257" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I&rsquo;m coming around. What about the interior?</strong><br />It&rsquo;s pretty full-on. We&rsquo;re talking black leather with contrasting perforated leather accents and Alcantara suede inlays. We&rsquo;re talking carbon fibre accents on the dashboard. We&rsquo;re talking a brand new centre console with extra storage, a smartphone pocket and a cup-holder (!). We&rsquo;re talking new bucket seats, new door panels and a leather-wrapped dashboard. It&rsquo;s a big, bold remodelling &ndash; and we think it looks pretty natty.</p> <p><strong>I agree. Damn, you&rsquo;ve changed my mind. Now I want one</strong><br />Well, we hope you&rsquo;ve just had a big tax rebate, because the Foursixteen ain&rsquo;t cheap: Saleen are charging US$152,000 (&pound;91,430) for it. This model is based on the standard Tesla Model S, by the way, and will be delivered to US-based customers 6-8 weeks after ordering. It comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://media.saleen.com/2014/08/foursixteen/" target="_blank">Saleen</a>]</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">GAZE AT MORE ELECTRIFYING HOT STUFF HERE</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla/hackers-compete-compromise-teslas-s-sedan/news">Hackers will compete to compromise Tesla&rsquo;s Model S sedan</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="Finally, a cup-holder for the Tesla Model S" alt="Finally, a cup-holder for the Tesla Model S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/saleen-foursixteen-console.jpg?1408501257" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="801" title="The swish leather bucket seats are totally new" alt="The swish leather bucket seats are totally new" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/saleen-foursixteen-backseat.jpg?1408501257" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Cars Electric cars Hot Stuff Model S Tesla Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:32:22 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1445301 at http://www.stuff.tv Mini drivers to get first dibs on parking spots thanks to new app http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/mini-drivers-get-first-dibs-parking-spots-thanks-new-app/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Access the JustPark app via Mini&#039;s Connected in-car entertainment system for stress-free shopping trips </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The JustPark app could take the stress out of shopping" alt="Mini JustPark app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/070814min.jpg?1408413263" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Anyone who&#39;s navigated the parking at Westfield Stratford City around Christmas will attest to the life-changing experience.</p> <p>It&#39;s like a scene from a Roland Emmerich film - cars everywhere, children screaming and parents resorting to post-apocalyptical measures in order to secure the last parking space on Earth.</p> <p>Fortunately, it&#39;s not something Mini drivers will need worry to about again thanks to a new app.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is this the end of parking pains? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The app, called JustPark, connects drivers with home and business owners looking to rent out parking spaces. It can also point out the nearest multi-storey and tell the driver how many spaces remain.</p> <p>BMW has made JustPark available as part of its Connected infotainment system, meaning Mini owners can access the handy app on the move via the dashboard and removing the need to fumble with smartphones in pockets.</p> <p>Those in search of parking nirvana first have to register with the free-to-download service and enter a few details. They can then search by postcode or their current location and arrange the list of local parking spaces by distance and price.</p> <p>Parking spots range from a driveway in front of someone&rsquo;s house to spare spaces at local hotels and businesses. Once the space has been selected and paid for, the driver is then directed to it via the car&#39;s sat-nav system.</p> <p>BMW plans to roll the application out to all of its models by the end of this year, meaning Christmas shopping may not leave such a deep mental scar this year.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review">BMW i8 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="902" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/070814min-a.jpg?1408413263" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/mini-drivers-get-first-dibs-parking-spots-thanks-new-app/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/mini-drivers-get-first-dibs-parking-spots-thanks-new-app/news#comments Android apps BMW Cars iOS apps Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:51:03 +0000 Leon Poultney 1444851 at http://www.stuff.tv The most exciting cars of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/most-exciting-cars-pebble-beach-concours-delegance-2014/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Brits descend on California en masse as McLaren, Jaguar and Aston Martin reveal a brace of new models at one of the world&#039;s swankiest motor shows </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jaguar&#039;s Lightweight E-type destined to be star of the show" alt="Jaguar Lightweight E-type" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/882153_Jaguar_LWE_Hero_02.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&#39;re the type of person who worries about where to park the yacht at night, it&#39;s highly likely you&#39;ve already ordered the private jet to stop off at the Pebble Beach golf club in California this weekend.</p> <p>The luxurious event is renowned for showing off some of the rarest and most valuable cars on the planet, while big-name manufacturers use it as an excuse to parade bespoke concepts and hot new models.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is quite simply the fastest and most powerful Land Rover ever made, thanks to the introduction of Jaguar&#39;s ferocious supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine.</p> <p>To prove the point, Jaguar engineers shipped the SVR to Germany&rsquo;s infamous Nuburgring, strapped an insane racing driver into the front seat and told him to go hell for leather around the Nordschleife circuit. The speedy SUV went straight to the top of the lap time leader board and the rest, as they say, is history.</p> <p>Pebble Beach will be the first public unveiling and punters should prepare to drool over the ludicrously flared wheel arches and marvel at the electronically controlled exhaust valves that &ndash; apparently &ndash;&nbsp;produce a soundtrack that makes Satan blush.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1201" height="896" title="The Range Rover Sport SVR: Officially the fastest SUV production on the planet " alt="Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/881490_LeadImageRRS_15SVR_EXT_LOC08%20A3.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> McLaren 650S Sprint </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Can you believe a handful of McLaren 650S customers have actually complained that their vehicles aren&#39;t hardcore enough? Well, they have &ndash;&nbsp;and the chaps from Woking have hit back with this track-ready beauty.</p> <p>Dubbed the 650S Sprint, the track-only model features revised chassis and suspension set-ups, an improved Brake Steer system - which can brake a wheel for better cornering - and a stripped-out interior (complete will roll cage) that has been signed off by the FIA, so it&#39;s ready to enter professional races.</p> <p>The 650S Sprint will cost &pound;198,000 when it goes on sale later this year &ndash;&nbsp;but expect to invest a whole lot more if you fancy becoming the next Jenson Button.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1198" height="893" title="Race-ready McLaren 650S for the hardcore petrol head" alt="McLaren 650S Sprint " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/881728_McLaren_650SGTSprint_front3q_2f-Edit.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jaguar Lightweight E-types </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The story of the &#39;six missing Jaguar E-Types&#39; is one that could easily sit in the Big Book of Automotive Folklore. In short: a total of 18 Lightweight E-types were supposed to be produced in the early 60s but - possibly thanks to free love and mind-bending drugs - only 12 were ever made.</p> <p>Now, Jaguar&#39;s recently formed Special Operations division has decided to resurrect the legend and finish the run, complete with the original 3.8-litre straight-six engines that have been built from scratch. Pebble Beach will showcase the first of six &pound;1 million re-makes and it&#39;s fair to say it is going to be a special moment.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jaguar/icon-reborn-jaguar-build-six-new-lightweight-e-types/news" target="_blank">An icon reborn: Jaguar will build six new &lsquo;Lightweight&rsquo; E-Types</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jaguar&#039;s resurrected E-type set to be a showstopper " alt="Jaguar Lightweight E-types" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/882183_Jaguar_LWE_Hero_06.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bugatti Veyron Ettore Bugatt Legend </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We vowed to &quot;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wed-eat-broken-glass-just-smell-leather-meet-exquisite-18-million-special-edition-bugatti-veyron/new">eat glass just to smell the leather seats</a>&quot; of the sixth and final part of Bugatti&#39;s Legends series but it would be a lot easier and a damn sight less painful to buy a ticket to the Concours d&#39;Elegance where it will be available for public consumption. Seat-sniffing is probably out of the question but visitors can bask in the glory of a &pound;1.8 million car that produces 1184bhp, rockets from 0-62mph in just 2.6 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 254mph.</p> <p>The final Legend in the series is dedicated to founder Ettore Bugatti and celebrates his passion for the unusually flamboyant. Expect to see clear-coated carbon fibre body panels, diamond cut alloy wheels and an interior that has required more cows than your local chain of McDonald&#39;s to complete.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wed-eat-broken-glass-just-smell-leather-meet-exquisite-18-million-special-edition-bugatti-veyron/new" target="_blank">The &pound;1.8 million special edition Bugatti Veyron &ndash; hands up if you feel poor. Yeah, us too</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1135" height="851" title="The sixth and final Veyron &#039;Legend&#039; living up to its name" alt="Bugatti Veyron Ettore Bugatt Legend" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/veyron-side_0.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This hulking, topless V12-powered brute was unleashed into the wild last month and customers are already queuing around the block with their chequebooks in order to try and secure one.</p> <p>Well-heeled individuals will be gifted a closer look at the fastest ever open-top model Aston Martin has ever produced when it parades around the Pebble Beach arena at the weekend.</p> <p>Aston Martin&#39;s Q division will also be on hand to tempt prospective customers into parting with even more cash on bespoke interior trims, hand-stitched leathers and tacky headrest insignias.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1205" height="898" title="Quite simply the most powerful convertible Aston ever" alt="Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/871952_76537ast2.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW i8 Concours d&#039;Elegance edition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Certain lucky journalists (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review">ahem, us</a>) have already had the chance to fool around in one of the most exciting cars of recent times but our poor American cousins are facing an enormous waiting list thanks to unprecedented demand.</p> <p>A limited edition i8, complete with unique Frozen Grey metallic paint and brown leather upholstery, will go up for auction at the event, should desperate punters wish to jump the lengthy queue. And they&#39;ll have good reason to;&nbsp;the plug-in all-wheel-drive hybrid harnesses power from a 1.5-litre twin turbo petrol engine and a potent electric motor, yielding up 20 miles of emissions-free motoring and a 0-62mph sprint of just 4.2 seconds. And as&nbsp;long as the US government approves, the vehicle will also be one of the first to boast laser lights. </p> <p>It&#39;s the future and it looks fantastic.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review" target="_blank">BMW i8 review:&nbsp;&quot;Proves there&rsquo;s a bright eco future for speed-freaks and car-geeks&quot;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1201" height="900" title="One-off i8 will allow American buyers to avoid the waiting list" alt="BMW i8 Concours d&#039;Elegance edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-i8-concours-d-elegance-edition-front-three-quarter-in-motion.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jaguar F-Type Project 7 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not content with unleashing the F-Type on the world, Jaguar has created the even more powerful <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/f-type/big-cat-bites-meet-jaguar-s-project-7-racer-road/news" target="_blank">Project 7</a> racer. Taking styling cues from the legendary Jaguar D-Type, it&#39;s the fastest Jaguar currently on sale.</p> <p>The 5.0-litre supercharged V8 found in the current F-Type R has been fettled to produce an eye watering 567bhp, making it the most powerful F-Type by a long shot. Expect to blast from 0-60mph in just 3.8 seconds and rocket to a top speed of 186mph.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/f-type/how-do-you-make-jaguar-f-type-better-you-make-it-faster/feature" target="_blank">Jaguar&#39;s Ian Callum on making the Jaguar F-Type better: &ldquo;You make it faster&rdquo;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="This ferociously powerful Jag is no kitten" alt="Jaguar Project 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jaguar-project-7-03_0_0.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>BMW takes the wraps off the future of luxury motoring with this carbon-fibre beauty, which offers hints of what&#39;s to com in the sixth-generation 7-Series. It&#39;ll waft you to the opera in style, overlaying augmented reality info onto the windscreen and illuminating the road ahead with Laserlight headlamps.</p> <p>The car even features a detachable tablet that passengers can use to browse the web (and book those tickets to La traviata).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-vision-future-luxury-concept-car-has-augmented-reality-hud/news" target="_blank">BMW Vision Future Luxury concept car has augmented reality HUD</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="This BMW will waft you to the opera in style" alt="BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-vision-future-luxury-03_0.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pebble Beach: the best cars </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/most-exciting-cars-pebble-beach-concours-delegance-2014/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/most-exciting-cars-pebble-beach-concours-delegance-2014/news#comments Cars Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:33:35 +0000 Leon Poultney 1444745 at http://www.stuff.tv Google revs up for self-driving trucks and motorbikes http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-revs-self-driving-trucks-and-motorbikes/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech giant is thinking about testing robotic motorcycles and lorries in California </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2000" height="1328" title="Google engineer Anthony Levandowski designed this robo-bike in 2005" alt="Google engineer Anthony Levandowski designed this robo-bike in 2005" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/NMAH-2008-28.jpg?1407656059" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google is looking beyond four-wheels in its bid to dominate autonomous driving. A story in <em>The Sunday Times</em> reveals that Google has been lobbying California for permission to test self-driving motorbikes and commercial vehicles in Silicon Valley.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-harris" title="View user profile.">Mark Harris</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heading for a million robo-miles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google has been testing self-driving Prius and Lexus RT450h cars in California for some time, racking up nearly 700,000 miles of travel. And it recently unveiled a two-seater robotic runabout that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-self-driving-car-two-seats-no-steering-wheel-and-no-brake-pedal/news">doesn&#39;t even have a steering wheel</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The suggestion for autonomous motorcyles may have come from Anthony Levandowski, an engineer working on Google&#39;s self-driving car team. He built his own robo-bike as early in 2005, to compete in a competition organised by US military scientists at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/search/node/darpa">DARPA</a>. At the time, he said, &quot;Two-wheeled vehicles are easier to manoeuvre in tight places and can go faster.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="797" height="530" title="Google&#039;s prototype robotic taxi" alt="Google&#039;s prototype robotic taxi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Vehicle%20Prototype%20Image%20Banner%20Cropped%20600px.jpg?1407656059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Computers in convoy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Robotic trucks are also gaining favour. An EU project called SARTRE recently showed the feasibility of &#39;platooning&#39;, where cars and trucks automatically link together to form fuel-efficient road trains. A US company called Peloton is already testing semi-autonomous trucks on closed roads in California.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2010, trucks were just 4% of vehicles on US roads but accounted for a quarter of the fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. Improving efficiency by 5 or 10% with a robotic truck could save billions of dollars a year. But as the rules currently stand, trucks, autonomous motorbikes, trailers and any vehicle weighing over 10,000lbs are forbidden from being tested in California.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Although Google is not currently testing any of the vehicles excluded under this section, we believe that the section should be deleted, as any such exclusion unnecessarily restricts future innovation,&rdquo; wrote Medford. <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-self-driving-car-two-seats-no-steering-wheel-and-no-brake-pedal/news"><strong>Google&#39;s self-driving car: two seats, no steering wheel and no brake pedal</strong></a></p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/Tech/article1445082.ece">The Sunday Times</a>&nbsp;(paywall)]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="1067" title="Google&#039;s self-driving Lexus on the streets of Mountain View" alt="Google&#039;s self-driving Lexus on the streets of Mountain View" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Iconic%20image%20for%20city%20streets.jpg?1407656059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-revs-self-driving-trucks-and-motorbikes/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-revs-self-driving-trucks-and-motorbikes/news#comments Cars Google Motorcycles Thu, 07 Aug 2014 19:05:13 +0000 Mark Harris 1444287 at http://www.stuff.tv BMW i8 http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The BMW i8 hybrid supercar lands from the future to reassure petrolheads that excitement and eco can co-exist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i8 review" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/BMW-i8-scissor-doors_0.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Car makers so far aren&rsquo;t in agreement on how to dress the future. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review" target="_blank">Tesla</a>, for example, based its electric technology around a conventionally good-looking car with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review" target="_blank">Model S</a>. For the i8 supercar, BMW is basically saying, &lsquo;dammit, this electric stuff is new. Let&rsquo;s style it new, too&rsquo;.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £94,845.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (inc. £5000 government grant) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Supercar performance with hatchback economy </div> <div class="field-item even"> Astonishing looks </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Sounds absolutely awesome </div> <div class="field-item even"> Fabulous cabin and in-car tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No-one will hit the headline economy figures </div> <div class="field-item even"> Tiny boot and little rear leg room </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Future sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Great sound is vital for a supercar, but how can an electric motor and a three-cylinder engine match the soul-pounding thunder of a V8 or V10? We don&rsquo;t know how, but they can. The i8 sounds fabulous. We suspect synthesizer trickery but it matters little.</p> <p>Sport mode turns the digital dials from a meditative blue to hellfire red, the petrol engine is ignited and suddenly it&rsquo;s no more Mr Green Guy. Shifting through the automatic&rsquo;s six speeds using the wheel mounted paddles brings about a fearsome bassy crack on each change, and the engine howls as if it&rsquo;s got at least three more cylinders as speed multiplies. At times you hear the distinctive (and no less appealing) three-pot thrum, while the controlled scream from the electric motor is one of the best we&rsquo;ve heard.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i3/review" target="_blank">BMW i3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="400" title="Two cars that prove &quot;green&quot; and &quot;supercar&quot; can appear in the same sentence" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-vs-Tesla-Model-S-wide.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sport mode turns the digital dials from a meditative blue to hellfire red, the petrol engine is ignited and suddenly it’s no more Mr Green Guy" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-wheel_0.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Extreme yoghurt weaving </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Because the core of the car is made of plastic woven with carbon fibres, the whole thing is still relatively light at 1,490kg - even with those two engines.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also very stiff - you feel it when you corner hard and realise you could take that same corner much, much faster.</p> <p>With the petrol engine at the back driving the rear wheels and the electric motor at the opposite end powering the front wheels, the all-paw traction is excellent and the weight balance spot on. With the steering weighted up in Sport, the car feels fabulous. And it rides beautifully. Firm but with each clattering pothole wrapped in velvet and disposed without fuss.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: H2OMG: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/h2omg-240mph-car-powered-only-salt-water/news" target="_blank">This 240MPH car is powered only by salt water</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i8 + country road = giggles galore" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-outside.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oh, I see </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No car we&rsquo;ve ever driven has been fan-filmed in London to the same extent as the i8 and we were very glad of Surround-view to help us avoid anything dumb for YouTubers to lap up. This takes feeds from body mounted cameras to display an impressive drone&rsquo;s eye view of the car so you don&rsquo;t whack those 20in wheels on kerbs, taxis or vans nudging over for a closer look.</p> <p>This option also bundles in collision avoidance tech that at one point in an Oxfordshire village terrifyingly flashed up a graphic of a cyclist onto the heads-up display and briefly slammed on the brakes. There was an oncoming cyclist but we&rsquo;d both decided there was enough room and neither of us appreciated the car&rsquo;s input.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/icon-–-volkswagen-xl1/news" target="_blank">Volkswagen&#39;s super-efficient XL1 delivers 313mpg - for &pound;98,000</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Surround-view takes feeds from body mounted cameras to display an impressive drone’s eye view of the car" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-parking-sensor.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s a proper reversing camera, too" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-parking-camera.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Government sanctioned fun </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not only will our Government waive the i8&rsquo;s annual VED tax, it&rsquo;ll also hand you a &pound;5,000 discount. Which is like trading food stamps for aged Comte at the farmers&rsquo; market.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s because the i8 can officially run 23 miles on just electric power once the lithium-ion battery pack&rsquo;s been topped up. The electric-only thrust is not as potent as that in its urban cousin, the i3 supermini, and most owners will run it in tandem with the 1.5-litre engine to give a full 357bhp, but it does allow BMW to record 135mpg fuel consumption and CO2 of 49g/km. This is laughable, but the 33mpg we achieved over 122 miles of more sinning than saintliness was staggering for a car of this potency.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i3/review" target="_blank">BMW i3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="31.2mpg from a supercar? Magic, that is" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-dashboard.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Days of the week supercar </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The boot&rsquo;s tiny but otherwise the i8 can be used everyday without stress. It takes a bit of undignified bottom shuffling to get over the high sills and into the cabin, but those very light &lsquo;dihedral&rsquo; scissor-like doors open up wide to help you.</p> <p>The view out front is expansive, the steering light in all driving modes but Sport and the six-speed auto does its thing effortlessly.</p> <p>The elevated 8.8in screen is manipulated as it is in all of BMWs posher cars - with a wheel control instead of touch, and it displays sat nav with 3D graphics showing buildings, along with a host of other info. Listen to DAB digital radio or sync your smartphone to stream music. There&rsquo;s nothing else out there that can match the i8 for interior tech and quality. Next year&rsquo;s Audi R8 replacement might run it close.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/elon-musk-building-james-bonds-amphibious-lotus-real/news" target="_blank">Elon Musk is building James Bond&#39;s amphibious Lotus, for real</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beautiful vents and curves, but the boot is tiny" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-rear.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There’s nothing else out there that can match the i8 for interior tech and quality" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-interior_0.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW i8 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The BMW i8 is like one of those all-you-can-eat salad buffets at a pizza restaurant. Approached with serious restraint it&rsquo;s healthy and good for planetary well-being, but go to town and it also delivers a kick of delicious badness.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s naughty and nice in perfect harmony, and like the salad, this plug-in hybrid is nowhere near as saintly as the official description would have you believe. But it&rsquo;s still a hell of a lot more efficient than its near price rival the Aston Martin Vantage V8 and arguably more fun to drive. And just look at it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gran-turismo-6/nissan-s-virtual-batmobile-could-be-coming-showroom-near-you-soon/news" target="_blank">Nissan&#39;s virtual Batmobile speeds from Gran Turismo to Goodwood</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i8 review" alt="BMW i8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-vs-Tesla-Model-S-2.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stop hoarding the petrol and cease trolling the climate-change forums: the i8 proves there&rsquo;s a bright eco future for speed-freaks and car-geeks</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW i8 review: the future of supercars? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review#comments BMW Cars Geek accessories Hybrid cars i8 Sat, 09 Aug 2014 12:55:03 +0000 Tom Parsons 1444352 at http://www.stuff.tv We'd eat glass just to smell the leather seats of this £1.8 million special edition Bugatti Veyron http://www.stuff.tv/wed-eat-broken-glass-just-smell-leather-meet-exquisite-18-million-special-edition-bugatti-veyron/new <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hands up if you feel poor. Yeah, us too </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1093" height="820" title="Desire on wheels" alt="We&#039;d eat glass just to smell the leather seats of this £1.8 million special edit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/veyron-hot-stuff_0.jpg?1407651726" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>:(</strong><br />Yep. We can&#39;t afford it either. And we probably never will. But that doesn&#39;t mean we can&#39;t drool over this glorious Ettore Bugatti Legend.</p> <p>It&#39;s the sixth car in the Les Légendes de Bugatti roster, and it&#39;s dedicated to Mr Etorre Bugatti - the man who started it all.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Let&#39;s hear those juicy numbers</strong><br />This special edition keeps the 8 litre W16 engine of the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. This is a very, very good thing.</p> <p>That&#39;ll give lucky drivers a top speed of 254mph, along with an eye-watering 0-62mph speed of 2.6 seconds. Insane, eh?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Want... so much want.</strong><br />We don&#39;t blame you. From its carbon fibre body (coloured after the 1932 Type 41 royal) to its dark blue polished, diamond-cut aluminium rims and platinum Bugatti logo, it&#39;s an absolute stunner.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1040" height="780" title="Handsome face" alt="We&#039;d eat glass just to smell the leather seats of this £1.8 million special edit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/veyron-front.jpg?1407651726" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1097" height="823" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/veyron-step.jpg?1407651726" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>And the inside?</strong><br />In a word - classy. In addition to traditional calf leather, Bugatti has opted to slather the steering wheel, gear shift, door handles, roof and armrests in super-soft cordovan leather.</p> <p>Taken from horse hide, it&#39;s normally used in luxurious handmade shoes. HSo technically, you&#39;re driving a giant shoe. A shoe that blasts across tarmac at over 200 miles an hour.</p> <p>Oh, and there&#39;s a platinum-coated coated dancing elephant in between the seats, showing off Bugatti&#39;s logo in all its sparkly glory.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1097" height="823" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/veyron-steering-wheel.jpg?1407651726" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1097" height="823" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/veyron-seat.jpg?1407651726" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Time to buy a lottery ticket</strong><br />Even that might not help. Only three Bugatti Legends are being made, and by &nbsp;the time you&#39;ve bought a ticket and won, they&#39;ll all have been snapped up.</p> <p>Still, you could always settle for a regular Veyron we suppose.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1135" height="851" title="Sleek profile" alt="We&#039;d eat glass just to smell the leather seats of this £1.8 million special edit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/veyron-side.jpg?1407651726" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/wed-eat-broken-glass-just-smell-leather-meet-exquisite-18-million-special-edition-bugatti-veyron/new#comments Bugatti Cars Hot Stuff Veyron Fri, 08 Aug 2014 13:46:25 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1444348 at http://www.stuff.tv New Mercedes S600 Guard is bombproof, bulletproof and far tougher than you are http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/new-bulletproof-mercedes-s-600-guard-takes-personal-security-next-level/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mercedes&#039; latest luxury limousine takes personal security to the next level and makes Obama&#039;s Beast look like a lapdog </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Don&#039;t mess with it" alt="Mercedes S 600 Guard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mercedes-s-600-guard-001.jpg?1407466803" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">It used to be thought that diamond was the hardest thing on Earth. Then scientists discovered that Chuck Norris was harder. Well it&#39;s time for Chuck to step down - because the new Merc S600 is tougher still.</p> <p class="p3">The S600 Guard is based on the standard S600 - meaning drivers gets a hefty 525bhp under the right foot thanks to the massive V12 engine under the bonnet.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">So who <em>might</em> need it? We&#39;re thinking pop stars, footballers, gangsters, politicians... basically, anyone who&#39;s rich, famous and massively unpopular.</p> <p class="p1">But suspend your disbelief for a second and imagine you are rich and famous: you&#39;ve just enjoyed a bottle of Cristal at your local nightclub, you hop in your S 600 Guard and some miscreant lobs a grenade under the vehicle. What happens next?</p> <p class="p3">Well, the run-flat tyres will kick in should the explosion puncture the rubber, meaning at least 19 miles worth of travel, which is more than enough to flee the scene. A panic alarm system can be activated from the rear, which alerts the driver to your current state of sheer terror, an automatic fire extinguisher quells any flames in the cabin, while an emergency fresh air supply protects occupants from the ingress of noxious fumes.</p> <p class="p3">There&#39;s even a special cooling compartment between the two rear seats so you can crack open a nice cool beer once the ordeal is over.</p> <p class="p3">And because this is a Mercedes S-Class underneath the armour plating, it contains such niceties as a luxurious First-Class rear suite for business meetings on the move, a Warmth Comfort package that heats any surface an occupant can touch and LED interior lighting throughout.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3">There&#39;s no word on price at the moment but if you&#39;re the sort of person to need ballistic protection, you&#39;re probably not too worried about spending six-figure sums on a new set of wheels.</p> <p class="p3"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-hottest-gadgets-july-2014/feature">The 25 hottest gadgets we clapped eyes on last month</a></strong></p> <p class="p3"><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1349" height="900" title="Mercedes S 600 Guard" alt="Mercedes S 600 Guard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-s-600-guard-002.jpg?1407466803" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1349" height="900" title="Mercedes S 600 Guard" alt="Mercedes S 600 Guard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-s-600-guard-003.jpg?1407466803" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes S 600 Guard" alt="Mercedes S 600 Guard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-s-600-guard-004.jpg?1407466803" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes S 600 Guard" alt="Mercedes S 600 Guard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-s-600-guard-005.jpg?1407466803" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/new-bulletproof-mercedes-s-600-guard-takes-personal-security-next-level/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/new-bulletproof-mercedes-s-600-guard-takes-personal-security-next-level/news#comments Cars Mercedes-Benz Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:12:09 +0000 Marc McLaren 1444261 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Homefront: The Revolution gets new makers, Google’s self-driving car Hangout, and a charity begins accepting Bitcoin http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-homefront-revolution-gets-new-makers-google-s-self-driving-car-hangout-and-char <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spark your groggy morning mind to life with our latest a.m. news recap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Homefront: The Revolution" alt="Homefront: The Revolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/homefront-therevolution.jpg?1406858734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crytek exits Homefront: The Revolution, shutters studios </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In recent weeks, <em>Crysis</em> and <em>Far Cry</em> developer Crytek has been dogged by reports of unpaid wages to employees and related turmoil amidst its worldwide studios, but the studio said earlier this week that the situation has been stabilized. Now we have an idea of why.</p> <p>Yesterday, publisher Deep Silver announced that it has acquired the <em>Homefront</em> first-person shooter franchise from Crytek, and that Crytek UK will no longer be working on sequel <em>Homefront: The Revolution</em>. A new Nottingham upstart called Deep Silver Dambuster Studios will take over, and many of the folks working at Crytek UK will transfer over to continue developing the game.</p> <p>Deep Silver had already agreed to co-publish the game, but now owns the IP and will keep all of the work that Crytek already performed on <em>The Revolution</em>. Crytek UK will officially close, it seems, as will Crytek USA in Austin, Texas, which was working on <em>Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age</em>. <em>Hunt</em> will resume development at Crytek&rsquo;s Frankfurt, Germany home base as the company refocuses on publishing free-to-play experiences.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/30/5952159/crytek-uk-usa-homefront-deep-silver-hunt">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/homefront-revolution-announced/feature">Homefront: The Revolution announced</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Live Hangout demo of Google’s self-driving car tomorrow </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Self-driving cars are about to start making their way over to the UK next year on a trial basis, thanks to soon-to-be-amended laws, and Google is one of the companies leading the charge in the market. Curious about its efforts to date? There&rsquo;s a live Hangout for that, and it&rsquo;s tomorrow.</p> <p>Google is co-hosting what it calls a &ldquo;virtual field trip&rdquo; with Make magazine, and it&rsquo;s happening tomorrow, 1 August at 7pm UK time. The interactive stream aims to show how the vehicles work, cover recent happenings, and allow viewers to ask questions on the fly.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/+googleplus/posts/JGh29X2g7w1">Google+</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/self-driving-cars-roll-uk-roads-2015/news">Self-driving cars to roll onto UK roads in 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google self-driving car" alt="Google self-driving car" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-selfdrivingcar.jpg?1406788382" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Royal National Lifeboat Institution charity accepting Bitcoin </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a tough economy, charities need to be innovative to keep funds coming in to support their causes. So kudos to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which yesterday announced that it has begun accepting donations in the form of Bitcoin. For now, donations of the digital currency can be done through <a href="http://RNLI.org/Bitcoin">a specialized page</a>, but if the move works out well for the RNLI, it may make Bitcoin a standard giving option via the website.</p> <p>The RNLI offers a 24-hour search and rescue service primarily via volunteers, with 236 lifeboat stations and also 1000+ lifeguards covering more than 180 beaches across the UK. Now celebrating 190 years of service, the charity has saved more than 140,000 lives in that span. If you have some spare Bitcoin sitting around on a drive, surely they deserve a little assistance for all the help they provide.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://rnli.org/NewsCentre/Pages/RNLI-now-accepts-donations-in-digital-currency11.aspx">RNLI</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/beyond-bitcoin-bubble-what-s-next-altcurrencies/feature">Beyond the Bitcoin bubble: What an alt.currency is, why you should care, and what&rsquo;s coming next</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="825" title="Royal National Lifeboat Institution" alt="Royal National Lifeboat Institution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/royalnationallifeboat.jpg?1406858734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A deeper look at Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Multiplayer might be the biggest draw for most <em>Call of Duty</em> players, but this year&rsquo;s <em>Advanced Warfare</em> looks to have the most intriguing narrative the series has concocted in a good few years. The new campaign trailer digs deeper into the far-future setting and the private military corporation driving the action, with a fun little tease of multiplayer action at the end. We&rsquo;ll get to see much more of that in about two weeks.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQTzXpxSZ8g">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/activision/fully-charged-call-duty-advances-2054-samsung-infringes-more-apple-patents-and-50-cent-re">Fully Charged: Call of Duty advances to 2054, Samsung infringes on more Apple patents, and 50 Cent releases Star Wars headphones</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZQTzXpxSZ8g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-homefront-revolution-gets-new-makers-google-s-self-driving-car-hangout-and-char#comments Cars Gaming Google Self-Driving Cars Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443715 at http://www.stuff.tv H2OMG: this 240mph car is powered only by salt water http://www.stuff.tv/h2omg-240mph-car-powered-only-salt-water/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 912hp Quant e-Sportlimousine’s four motors use NASA-derived tech to achieve 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="H2OMG: this 240mph car is powered only by salt water" alt="H2OMG: this 240mph car is powered only by salt water" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/quant-e-sportlimousine-main.jpg?1406201514" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>A car powered by water? I thought the big oil companies had all the people that knew how to do that murdered years ago?</strong><br />Ummm, pretty sure that&rsquo;s libellous. Or slanderous. And totally untrue. Because the Quant e-Sportlimousine really is a car powered exclusively by salt water, and now it&rsquo;s road legal.</p> <p><strong>And some car it is&hellip;</strong><br />Indeed. This isn&rsquo;t some dinky, sluggish city car with a 30-mile range and the handling of a mobility scooter. It can achieve a top speed of almost 240mph, does 0-62mph in a pant-wetting 2.8 seconds and has a range of up to 600km (373 miles).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It looks pretty amazing, too</strong><br />We suspect that not everyone will adore its styling, but it&rsquo;s certainly noticeable &ndash; and very long at well over 5 metres in length. Check out those crazy gull-wing doors, which run the entire length of the cabin. This being a modern supercar, there&rsquo;s plenty of carbon fibre in use, too.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla/why-would-tesla-motors-want-give-away-its-technology/feature">Why would Tesla Motors want to give away its technology?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Quant e-Sportlimousine" alt="Quant e-Sportlimousine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/quant-e-sportlimousine-1.jpg?1406201514" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Quant e-Sportlimousine" alt="Quant e-Sportlimousine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/quant-e-sportlimousine-2.jpg?1406201514" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Quant e-Sportlimousine" alt="Quant e-Sportlimousine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/quant-e-sportlimousine-3.jpg?1406201514" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Always with the carbon fibre. Now, how does it work?</strong><br />Thought you&rsquo;d never ask. The e-Sportlimousine has four electric motors (one for each wheel) all of which are powered by the nanoFLOWCELL system. Based on flow cell technology developed by NASA in the 1970s, the system needs only salt water to function and releases zero emissions. Making it the world&rsquo;s first car that&rsquo;ll excite treehuggers and petrolheads alike. Although &ldquo;petrolheads&rdquo; doesn&rsquo;t really work anymore, because there&rsquo;s no petr&ndash;</p> <p><strong>Yeah, I get it. But isn&rsquo;t it easy to claim all that? How do we know it works?</strong><br />Well, the e-Sportlimousine has just been declared road legal in Europe after in-depth testing and inspection. Which suggests that its nanoFLOWCELL system is legit.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RqLpqR0SPnQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>And for sale soon?</strong><br />Well, no. But the company are claiming that this official approval for the prototype means they can start to explore production options, as well as look at other applications for flow cell technology.</p> <p><strong>Man, those oil companies aren&rsquo;t going to be happy&hellip;</strong><br />Please shut up before you get us both into trouble.</p> <p>[<a href="http://mediacenter.nanoflowcell.com/mediacenter/press-release/news-detail/2014-07-17-the-quant-e-sportlimousine-with-nanoflowcellR-drivetrain-concept-approved-for-use-on-public-roads-in-germany-and-europe/" target="_blank">nanoFLOWCELL</a> via <a href="http://www.designboom.com/technology/quant-e-sportlimousine-salt-water-07-21-2014/" target="_blank">DesignBoom</a>]</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">READ MORE HOT STUFF, NONE OF IT POWERED BY SALT WATER</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="646" title="Quant e-Sportlimousine interior" alt="Quant e-Sportlimousine interior" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/quant-e-sportlimousine-interior.jpg?1406201514" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 240mph, salt water powered car </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Cars Hot Stuff Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:28:04 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442747 at http://www.stuff.tv Tesla Motors’ Model III is a smaller, cheaper electric sedan planned for 2017 http://www.stuff.tv/model-s/tesla-motors-model-iii-smaller-cheaper-and-planned-2017/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Compact executive entry is expected to compete against BMW’s 3-Series </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tesla Model III (concept)" alt="Tesla Model III (concept)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tesla-model-iii-concept.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tesla Motors&rsquo; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review">magnificent Model S</a> is a thing of beauty&mdash;but it&rsquo;s quite large, not to mention outside the budget of the average consumer. However, Tesla has real plans to make an excellent electric car available to that segment of the population.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Musk: ‘Ford’s trying to kill sex!’ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Model III had previously been referred to as the third-gen car or &ldquo;Model E,&rdquo; but the latter nickname was killed by threats of litigation from Ford over its iconic Model T. Ever the entertaining interviewee, Musk mused that he initially wanted it to accompany the Model S (pictured above) and upcoming Model X to make the line spell out &ldquo;SEX.&rdquo; No, really.</p> <p>&ldquo;I thought, this is crazy, Ford&rsquo;s trying to kill sex! So we&rsquo;ll have to think of another name,&rdquo; said Musk. &ldquo;The new model is going to be called Model III, we&rsquo;ll have three bars to represent it and it&rsquo;ll be S III X!&rdquo;</p> <p>On a much less sensational subject, Musk also mentioned plans to establish a research and development house in the UK&mdash;potentially in time to contribute to the Model III. Tesla&rsquo;s British engineering head, Chris Porritt, is reportedly developing the platform that will power the car.</p> <p>And old Tesla Roadster owners have some interesting news on the horizon, as well. Musk noted that new-generation battery packs will significantly expand the Roadster&rsquo;s battery life from the current 245 mile range to about 400, allowing the nonstop benchmark drive between Los Angeles and San Francisco, California to become a reality.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/tesla/87867/tesla-model-iii-to-challenge-bmw-3-series-world-exclusive">Auto Express</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla/stuff-meets-elon-musk/feature">Stuff meets Elon Musk</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tesla Model S" alt="Tesla Model S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tesla-model-s-rev.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tesla&#039;s affordable electric sedan </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/model-s/tesla-motors-model-iii-smaller-cheaper-and-planned-2017/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/model-s/tesla-motors-model-iii-smaller-cheaper-and-planned-2017/news#comments Cars Electric cars Model S Tesla Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:03:47 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442231 at http://www.stuff.tv Plug-in baby: Hands on with Audi’s fuel-sipping A3 e-tron Sportback http://www.stuff.tv/audi/plug-baby-hands-audi-s-fuel-supping-a3-e-tron-sportback/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Are you riddled with range anxiety? Audi’s plug-in hatchback attempts to deliver green motoring without the battery-based woes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/audi-e-tron-01.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Matthew Bellamy famously bawled something about his plug-in baby crucifying his enemies, and while Audi&rsquo;s latest hybrid hatchback may not intend to slay rivals with such violent conviction, it does plan to introduce stress and emissions-free motoring to the masses.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Best of both worlds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Those brave enough to take the plunge into all-electric motoring will undoubtedly bemoan the many hurdles: Where do you install the wall charger? How far can you actually drive? How real is the risk of breaking down on the hard shoulder of the M3 in a snowstorm?</p> <p>Although Audi&rsquo;s e-tron still requires a certain amount of commitment on the charging front, it doesn&rsquo;t come with the worry of conking out. Thank the 1.4-litre TFSI engine for that, as it cleverly kicks into action when the 96 individual battery cells that power the 75kW electric motor run low or when the driver requires added grunt.</p> <p>An EV switch on the dash allows the user to toggle between driving modes: &lsquo;EV&rsquo; for all-electric drive, &lsquo;hybrid hold&rsquo; that ensures all battery power is conserved until manually called upon and an &lsquo;auto&rsquo; mode, which decides what power source is best for the situation. There&rsquo;s also a &ldquo;charge&rdquo; setting that replenishes the batteries via the engine.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-03.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-05.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Deliberately drab </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Previous all-electric offerings and more recent &lsquo;range-extenders&rsquo;, such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i3/review" target="_blank">BMW i3</a>, have purposefully pushed the boundaries of futuristic car design. This is great for making a statement but not so good for tempting the masses away from their fossil fuel burning run-arounds.</p> <p>Audi has ensured its A3 e-tron looks like an, erm, A3, with only a few exterior flourishes marking it out from its comparatively prehistoric brethren. Clues to the e-tron&rsquo;s game-changing intentions mainly reside inside, where a new instrument cluster displays charge, efficiency and boost rather than a typical rev counter and a small digital display highlights battery juice levels and the combined range of the petrol engine and battery cells.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a smartphone app that allows owners to remotely heat or cool the car, check on battery levels, locate a parked car and ponder fuel efficiency figures of previous journeys. The app is a bit clunky and not nearly as beautiful as the system employed by BMW in its &lsquo;i&rsquo; range.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-11.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-08.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-09.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-10.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cruise control </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Expect to motor for approximately 550 miles on a single tank and charge &ndash; that&rsquo;s London to Aberdeen for around &pound;55 &ndash; but that figure can be significantly increased if you can sniff out a high-speed charging point along the way.</p> <p>Audi engineers claim that the A3 e-tron can be recharged in 2 hours 15 minutes via an industrial charger, or around 3 hours 45 minutes from a standard domestic socket. Not ideal if you&rsquo;re relying on battery power alone but the addition of the engine will put an end to awkwardly long waits at service stations.</p> <p>Daily commutes and journeys under 30 miles can be covered using battery alone, meaning congested, noisy and expensive petrol stations can be avoided by the majority of city dwellers with regular access to the charging network or those lucky enough to own a garage with space for a wall socket.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-06.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-02.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Electric feel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Those expecting Light Cycle performance from the A3 e-tron may be disappointed. Despite the option of choosing &lsquo;Dynamic&rsquo; mode via the drive selector switch, the combination of front-wheel-drive and an extra 350kg from the hybrid system soon puts an end to properly spirited hoons.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s swift off the line though, with 350Nm torque happily launching this hatchback from the traffic lights quicker than anything else in A3 range (not including the potent S3, that is). The four-cylinder engine - which provides the majority of shove - is a bit noisy, mind.</p> <p>It holds on to gears too long, resulting in an engine note that sounds like someone has thrown a packet of Duracell batteries into a blender. Not nice considering that the silence experienced in all-electric mode rivals that of a Rolls-Royce.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-07.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-04.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Audi A3 e-tron is certainly one of the most enticing green vehicles of recent years. It offers a more attractive overall package than, say, the Vauxhall Ampera, a superior range over the BMW i3 and a sub-&pound;30,000 price tag, which makes anything from Tesla look distinctly overpriced.</p> <p>Early adopters who like their tech to make a loud statement may want to look elsewhere, but it&rsquo;s perfect for those who have an aversion to petrol stations and a healthy respect for the ozone layer.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/audi/audi-r8-lmx-blasts-road-ahead-laserlight-lamps/news" target="_blank">Audi R8 LMX blasts the road ahead with Laserlight lamps</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-12.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The next level of efficiency </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A range of 550 miles on a single tank of fuel is a headline-grabbing statement in itself but Oscar da Silva Martins, head of Total Vehicle Development at Audi, says the next generation of fuel efficiency is just around the corner.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have tested cars that can complete a journey by coasting 60 per cent of the time,&rdquo; he revealed. The technology is dubbed Predictive Efficiency Assistant and it combines satellite navigation with Audi&rsquo;s Adaptive Cruise Control to precisely calculate the moment a vehicle can disengage the engine or electric motor and coast, thus saving a whole heap of petrol or battery power.</p> <p>Audi engineers are currently analysing and installing topographical information into the respective sat-nav systems, so upcoming hybrid vehicles know exactly when to draw power from the engine and when to hitch a lift with gravity.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Audi A3 e-tron Sportback hands-on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="1202" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-06_0.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/audi/plug-baby-hands-audi-s-fuel-supping-a3-e-tron-sportback/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/audi/plug-baby-hands-audi-s-fuel-supping-a3-e-tron-sportback/feature#comments Audi Cars Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:13:52 +0000 Stephen Graves 1441762 at http://www.stuff.tv Jaguar Land Rover unveils Smart Assistant and Virtual Windscreen concepts for future cars http://www.stuff.tv/jaguar/jaguar-land-rover-unveils-smart-assistant-and-virtual-windscreen-concepts/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fresh tech initiatives show possible upcoming features for the iconic car brand </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jaguar Smart Assistant" alt="Jaguar Smart Assistant" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jaguar-smartassistant.jpg?1404956123" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>CarPlay and Android Auto may soon be battling it out to be the brains of your ride, but Jaguar Land Rover has some distinctive smart features of its own in the works for future vehicles.</p> <p>The biggest of those is today&rsquo;s announcement of a built-in Smart Assistant feature, which will incorporate an array of self-learning features that are enhanced each time you go for a drive. The car will sync with your mobile phone to recognize your proximity and automatically adjust the seats and mirrors to match your preferences.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can also get alerts on your phone for when you need to leave for an appointment based on traffic, plus Jaguar&rsquo;s service can automatically message colleagues or friends when you&rsquo;re running late on the road. And if you routinely call the missus on your way home from work each day, the car will learn that and offer to ring her at the appropriate time.</p> <p>Furthermore, an Auto Adaptive Cruise Control (AACC) feature will learn from your own driving techniques and mannerisms and apply them when engaged. All told, Jaguar says the system should minimise driver distraction &ldquo;with an eventual goal of zero accidents.&rdquo; A lofty objective, indeed.</p> <p>And if you&rsquo;d like your daily commute to feel more like a video game, Jaguar also has plans for a Virtual Windscreen, which can project info like speed, hazard alerts, navigational info, and even a racing line upon the glass&mdash;not to mention a &ldquo;ghost car&rdquo; image to help you beat your past best times.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/F923EuB06CI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That&rsquo;ll have more benefit on the raceway than the average road, but there are more practical purposes as well. For example, keeping in step with the goal of reducing driver distraction, the system allows gesture controls for interacting with in-car features, thus allowing you to keep your eyes forward at all times. And Jaguar is looking at killing rear view and external mirrors by using cameras and 3D imaging to maintain a sense of depth within the video feed.</p> <p>In short? Jaguar has interesting ideas afoot, and we&rsquo;ll be excited to see some of these in action. However, both are pegged as concepts for now, so it could be years before your next Range Rover auto-directs you based on your calendar, or lets you race an A.I. version of yourself through the countryside.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://newsroom.jaguarlandrover.com/en-in/jlr-corp/news/2014/07/jlr_selflearningcar_090714/">Jaguar Land Rover Media Centre</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/f-type/how-do-you-make-jaguar-f-type-better-you-make-it-faster/feature">How do you make the Jaguar F-Type better? &ldquo;You make it faster&rdquo;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Jaguar Virtual Windscreen" alt="Jaguar Virtual Windscreen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jaguar-virtualwind.jpeg?1404956123" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jaguar/jaguar-land-rover-unveils-smart-assistant-and-virtual-windscreen-concepts/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/jaguar/jaguar-land-rover-unveils-smart-assistant-and-virtual-windscreen-concepts/news#comments Cars Jaguar Land Rover Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:57:44 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1441563 at http://www.stuff.tv Volkswagen's super-efficient XL1 delivers 313mpg – for £98,000 http://www.stuff.tv/icon-%E2%80%93-volkswagen-xl1/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VW&#039;s hybrid wonder-car goes on sale in the UK – but you&#039;ll need to be quick, only 30 are on offer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="VW XL1" alt="VW XL1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vw-xl1-01.jpg?1404568981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s the big deal with this Vee-Dub?</strong><br />As well as looking rather splendid, Volkswagen&#39;s super-efficient XL1 is now on sale in Britain. Albeit in very limited numbers.</p> <p><strong>How limited?&nbsp;</strong><br />Of the 200 cars that are being made, just 30 will be sold in the UK. The lucky few will get a car that&#39;s packed with cutting-edge technology &ndash; all in a bid to make the XL1 one of the most efficient cars in the world.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How efficient are we talking, here?&nbsp;</strong><br />Well, VW calls it an SEV (Super Efficient Vehicle), as it can offer 313.9 mpg; pretty nifty when you consider the price of fuel these days. And it&rsquo;s nice and green too, squirting out a piffling 21g of CO2 per kilometre.</p> <p><strong>Blimey. How does it manage that?&nbsp;</strong><br />First and foremost, it&rsquo;s a hybrid vehicle sporting two engines: an 27hp electric motor takes you up to 22mph, then a diesel engine kicks in and powers it all the way up to its (electronically limited) top speed of 99mph. An aerodynamically optimised teardrop-shape body increases fuel efficiency; VW&#39;s even done away with wing mirrors, replacing them with streamlined cameras. The XL1 is&nbsp;also incredibly lightweight at 795kg, thanks to Volkwagen&rsquo;s use of materials such as aluminium, magnesium and ceramics.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="VW XL1" alt="VW XL1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vw-xl1-02.jpg?1404568981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="VW XL1" alt="VW XL1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vw-xl1-03.jpg?1404568981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Anything else I should know?&nbsp;</strong><br />Assuming you keep the speed under 22mph, it can travel 35km on a charge (at which point the diesel engine will take over, so you won&rsquo;t get stranded). It&rsquo;s not the roomiest motor, being able to carry only two people.</p> <p><strong>So, how much is it?</strong><br />You may want to sit down; the XL1 will set you back &pound;98,515. That&#39;s enough to buy yourself, say, a second-hand Ferrari F430 and all the fuel you could possibly want. Or, if you want to be eco-conscious, a whole fleet of Priuses.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.volkswagen.co.uk/about-us/futures/xl1" target="_blank">Volkswagen</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/volkswagen-xl1-sale-98515" target="_blank">Autocar</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volkswagen/virtual-reality-volkswagen-unleashes-gran-turismo-inspired-golf-gti-roadster/news" target="_blank">Virtual reality: Volkswagen unleashes ludicrous Gran Turismo-inspired Golf GTI Roadster</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="VW XL1" alt="VW XL1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vw-xl1-04.jpg?1404568981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="VW XL1" alt="VW XL1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vw-xl1-05.jpg?1404568981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="VW XL1" alt="VW XL1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vw-xl1-06.jpg?1404568981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/life-etc/icon/icon-%E2%80%93-volkswagen-xl1 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/icon-%E2%80%93-volkswagen-xl1/news#comments Cars Hot Stuff Volkswagen Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:52:51 +0000 Stephen Graves 422558 at http://www.stuff.tv